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Did Satellites Spot a Brightening Sun?

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Science  26 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5334, pp. 1923-1924
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5334.1923

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The sun has been a relatively minor player in the debate over whether greenhouse warming has arrived and just how bad it will get. Although slight changes in brightness could have a major impact, the lack of long-running direct observations has hindered climate researchers. Now publication of the first analysis of solar brightness (p. 1963) from spliced satellite records suggests a strong recent brightening, fueling a hot dispute about the significance of the data.